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Repair Children's Books with The Children's Book Bank (age 10+) *Impact Week*

The Children’s Book Bank mission is to advance child literacy, encourage family bonding, and ignite curiosity through the power of books. The Children’s Book Bank narrows the book gap by providing the community with a place for families to donate the books their children have outgrown, moving thousands and thousands of children’s books into the hands of kids that need them.

Bring books back to life and sign up below! Come lend a hand as we spruce-up community donated books which will later be distributed to low-income preschool children in the Portland area! Every gently-used donated book is inspected and cleaned by volunteers. Tasks include wiping covers, taping torn pages, erasing scribbles, covering inscriptions, and reinforcing worn spines. No previous experience with children's books is needed

Please note, the CBB location is now fully accessible. If you plan to bring your children or other guests to the event, you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team. You can then sign up your team for this project.

All volunteers must complete the following Waiver Form. Please print and bring it with you to the project, to cut down on printing costs for The Children's Book Bank. 

FAQs:  

Can I bring books to donate?  Yes, of course! You are welcome to bring either new or gently-used books with you to this volunteer event. Children’s Book Bank serves children under the age of six, so donations of “read aloud” books are greatly appreciated. Books in Spanish are a particular need. And if you're interested in learning more about hosting a book drive for the Children's Book Bank, we'd love to hear from you! Email bbrock@smartreading.org for more information.

Where do the books go? Children’s Book Bank partners with local agencies to identify families and children in need of books. Last year every Head Start preschooler in Multnomah County received a bag of 15 books of their own to have at home.

Accessibility: 

The Children's Book Bank is a single story, ADA-accessible building, that can be easily accessed by TriMet. If you would like to reserve a parking spot before the session, please email me at bbrock@smartreading.org, so I can hold an accessible parking spot for you.
On site we have a single-stall, gender-neutral bathroom.  If the chairs are uncomfortable or cause any pain during your session, we also have seat cushions available if you ask. 

 

Community Impact Week, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, powered by Hands On Greater Portland

Project Requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 10 years of age or older to attend this project; any volunteer under age 16 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone.

  • All volunteers under 18 are required to bring a Youth Volunteer Release Form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Please download, complete, and bring this waiver with you on the day of the project.

  • If you plan to bring children or guests you MUST reserve slots for them. The best way to do this is to create a Volunteer Team, then sign up your team for this project. In the spirit of creating an atmosphere where people from all parts of our community are coming together to volunteer,

    Team Captains are only able to reserve up to 50% of the spots on any individual Community Impact Week Service Project. Team Captains are required to provide names and email addresses for each team member (over the age of 13) in order to hold spaces on a volunteer project or they may be removed from the project. Questions? Email handson@unitedway-pdx.org

Click "Sign Up" below to reserve your spot! Need help signing up? Call 503-200-3364 or email handson@unitedway-pdx.org

 

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Age Minimum (with Adult): 16+, Minimum Age:10+

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